Full Moon Hike Jan 26th, 2013
About 45 people of all ages joined Devil’s Lake State Park naturalist, Susan Johansen for a night hike through the silent and frozen campgrounds in search of owls, coyotes and other wildlife. While many hikers brought their flashlights, most had turned them off preferring the diffused light of the full moon hiding behind thin clouds. Along the way, the naturalist would stop and play owl and other calls on her iPod while the group stood silently waiting for a response from creatures hidden out in the darkness.
Of course, the wildlife refused to perform on demand and waited until the hikers were walking again before letting their presence known. As soon as the group could stop and get quiet again, the critters would again go silent. It was quite the game of frustrate the nature lovers! In the end however, everyone had a great time hiking under the moonlit sky and we did hear the wildlife, albeit not on cue. But really, I think that was the plan all along.
If you’d like to take part in one of the many free Devil’s Lake State Park nature programs, just check out the events calendar.